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Hamptons International Film Festival

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  • The Festival is traditionally held for five days in mid-October in theatre venues from Montauk to Southampton and attracts roughly 18,000 visitors annually.
  • The festival maintains a presence year round with other events as well such as screenings out east and in the city.
  • The festival's Screenwriters Lab develops emerging screenwriting talent by pairing established writers with up-and-coming screenwriters chosen by the festival in collaboration with key industry contacts.
  • The festival continues to play a part in the awards season, with the 2008 edition featuring eventual Best Picture winners of the Academy Award, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award.

Hamptons International Film Festival

Nearing the two-decade mark, the Hamptons International Film Festival has become a fall weekend fixture at the end of Long Island, about 100 miles east of New York City. Organizers take advantage of a quieter post-season setting to draw locals and industry to the festival, which is mainly anchored in Southampton and East Hampton.The Hamptons is a tony location frequented by well-heeled New Yorkers. While the festival draws its share of bold-faced names, it has also developed a solid reputation for attracting international filmmakers and industry alike, while still maintaining a small town (if upper-class) feel. The fest offers an attractive high level goods and services package to the competition winner, as well as cash prizes that round out the roster of awards. While the Hamptons in general is not a place for low cost festival-going, organizers typically host a number of events in local homes and restaurants to help the budget-minded. Local resident, actor Alec Baldwin, has become a high profile fixture, and unofficial godfather, at the annual event. He frequents many fest events, mixing casually with attendees. Notably, the festival maintains a socially conscious strand. Its "Conflict & Resolution" program presents films with a hook to contemporary social and political international challenges.

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